Vienna - Daniel Brands has booked a date with top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he
sent a second home player to a first-round defeat on Tuesday at the
The German, who staged the biggest coup of his
career in July when he beat Roger Federer in the Gstaad second round,
after losing to the Swiss the week before in Hamburg, won his opening
challenge in Austria with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) win over 2010 finalist
Austrian Martin Fisher went out on Monday to Radek Stepanek.
now has the chance to start reversing a run of poor form since his
upset of Federer three months ago by taking another top 10 scalp in a
dream scenario against Tsonga.
French top seed Tsonga is bidding
to secure a spot in next month's season-ending World Tour Finals in
London and stands provisional ninth with this week and two more to play
in the regular ATP season.
With Andy Murray missing the season
finale as he heals after back surgery, the leading nine point scorers
will comprise the London field.
Tsonga will go into opening action
in the second round after reaching a Shanghai semi-final at the
weekend. But he will need to have jet-lag and general fatigue under
The Frenchman must also keep close watch on fragile knees
as he plays in his fourth event of the last five weeks in the mad rush
to qualify for London.
Brands won his sixth career match in Vienna after reaching the semis two years ago as a qualifier.
Tsonga has beaten Brands in both of their previous meetings, including a semi-final here in 2011.
at the Stadthalle, Bosnian qualifier Mirza Basic beat American Michael
Russell 6-3, 6-4 and Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium stopped Czech Jan Hajek
Australian Lleyton Hewitt was making his Vienna debut
later as he faced Canadian Vasek Pospisil, the seventh seed. Hewitt is
playing through a wrist injury which has bothered him for several weeks
and will get the problem checked in the close season in Australia.
Results on the second day of the Austrian Open on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):
Mirza Basic (BIH) bt Michael Russell (USA) 6-3, 6-4
Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) bt Jan Hajek (CZE) 6-2, 6-0
Daniel Brands (GER) bt Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)